Have you ever really looked in the mirror, and by that I mean really looked? A dry spot here, a few pimples there … before you know it, you’ve decided your skin is duller than a night watching paint dry.
Our facial skin is a direct reflection in our well-being, so if you’re feeling a bit “bleurgh”, then your skin will be equally as jaded. Growing older is also clearly reflected in the state of our skin, but thankfully there are ways to help us grow older with a little sparkle and a lot of grace.
Well read on …
1. Drink plenty
And by that I mean water! Unfortunately alcohol will have a dehydrating effect on your skin as well as your tongue! Be sure to down around 1.2 litres of fluid every day (credit: www.nhs.uk) and your skin will thank you for it. Your eyes will be brighter, your skin will be clearer and you’ll feel a hell of a lot better for it too.
2. Cleanse, tone, moisturise
You might have had the old cleanse, tone, moisturise routine drilled into your head by various beauty magazines and cosmetic companies, however, behind the hard sell lies plenty of truth. To keep your skin clean and hydrated, it’s important to carry out this routine daily, with good quality products that compliment your skin type.
3. Beware of rays
The sun may feel fantastic on our bare skin, yet we’re all too aware of the dangers it can pose. Whether it’s blindingly sunny and boiling hot or not, it’s important to wear sunscreen, whether that’s via foundation with built in SPF or sun lotion in its own right. Be sure to slap it on and avoid that burnt look, which over time makes you look older – the crocodile skin look was never a good one. Better still, go fake if you want a safe tan!
4. Know what suits you
Like fashions change, so does your skin and the best way to grow old gracefully is to know what suits you, and be prepared to change it, suiting the stage of your life. Would you wear bright pink lipstick and blue eyeliner at 70? Well, maybe you would, but it wouldn’t be the most graceful of looks – for an 18 year old, maybe.
5. Change is good
The skin care products we used when we were 25 are unlikely to be as effective on our skin when we reach 50. Our skin changes, and so we must be prepared to change the cleansers, toners and moisturisers we use, depending on our skin.
You may have had combination or greasy skin when you were younger, but find your skin gets dry easily nowadays. The easiest way to tackle that is to go to a salon for a facial and have an assessment of your skin type, helping you identify the best products to use, to maintain the best possible state of your skin for as long as possible.
Many factors affect our skin, be it stress, diet, the weather and even the products we use. But our complexion really one of the main things people notice about us on first impression, so it’s important we look after it as best we can.
These are my top five tips, can you think of any others for a clearer, brighter complexion? We’d love your tips!!